News in brief

CORPORATE Blue Rubicon has been signed up by vocational qualification body City & Guilds. Band & Brown previously held the account for four years. City & Guilds declined to comment while Blue Rubicon failed to return calls.

ENTERTAINMENT Hackford Jones has been retained by ITV1 music show Orange Playlist, which airs in March and was previously promoted by Cake. The agency has added singer Jam­elia and Mary Poppins West End star Laura Michelle Kelly to its client list.

PUBLIC SECTOR The Department for Constitutional Affairs is using Four Communications to handle a cam­paign entitled ‘Human rights; common values, common sense'. The agency will target government departments, rather than the public.

CONSUMER Hair and beauty specialist Essence PR has won Sabre Europe's trade and consumer account, which includes the promotion of haircare brands Fudge and Joico. The incumbent is Wizard PR.

CORPORATE HBOS has lured The Big Partnership account director Harry Hussein to fill the media relations man­ager role left vacant by Barry Gard­ener's move to Clydesdale Bank. Hussein will focus on business banking and corporate accounts.

CONSUMER Wells and Young's Brewing Company has parted ways with Nexus Communications and brought PR in-house. Bedford Borough Council's Joanna Dring has joined as press officer, with a remit that includes lager brand Red Stripe.

CORPORATE Brussels-based Airports Council International Europe has appointed Sarah Clarkson as communications manager to replace Stephen Hogan (PRWeek, 16 Feb). Clarkson is currently PR manager for the European Aluminium Association. She will not be replaced upon leaving next month.

CONSUMER Luxury specialist cruise company Hebridean Inter­national Cruises has hired London-based Indigo PR to replace Brighter PR. Indigo won a four-way pitch for the business.

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